(KSDK Sports) -- Two weeks after the NHL trading deadline, the Blues have made what they hope is a helpful addition.
Left winger Jaden Schwartz, the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blues and joined the team in Chicago Monday.
Schwartz didn't play in the Blues' 4-3 shootout loss to the Blackhawks, but is expected to jump into the lineup either Thursday in Carolina or Saturday in Tampa Bay.
"You're definitely pretty nervous," Schwartz said after his first practice with his new teammates. "I was excited but obviously really nervous. So I tried to control that as best I could and tried to have fun with it."
Schwartz, 19, recently wrapped up his sophomore season at Colorado College, where he had 15 goals and 41 points in 30 games for the Tigers.
The Blues had three options for Schwartz: He could have returned to Colorado College for his junior season, signed an amateur contract and joined the Blues' top minor-league affiliate, or bring him onto the NHL roster.
"After talking to our scouting staff, and (player personnel director) Dave Taylor in particular, ... and in looking at our roster now, and our injuries now, we thought it was worth getting him under contract to play for our team this year," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said.
Schwartz was the captain of Team Canada's World Junior Championship team earlier this year. His coach was Don Hay, who is longtime friends with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.
"I know what he can do," Hitchcock said. "I mean transition-wise, from a terminology standpoint, this is going to be easy for Jaden. It's the same terminology Don used in the World Juniors. So, hopefully, he's going to feel comfortable right away.
"He's a very responsible player, and I don't think you can have enough of those guys at any time. Don said he was great killing penalties, out there at the start and end of hockey games, knew where to go on the ice. Smart guy."